@clttraffic #Seinfeld @CityofMonroeNC @Seinfeld2000 April 15

I started the Coach4aday blog in 2014 and have done daily posts on one topic for each year. In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and in 2017 it was “Colleges and Universities”.

The one consistent piece of feedback I have received with this blog is the 2015 series on “A Friend of a Friend”. Readers and blog followers said please bring it back. The stats also back that up with the number of views each of those posts received.

So in 2018 two things will happen with the Coach4aday blog; One I plan to collaborate with a friend named John Rancke and revisit some of those 2015 “A Friend of a Friend” posts and do some new ones with a slightly different twist. I write the posts on odd-numbered days each month and John handles the even-numbered days.

In addition John and I will write about things we both are interested which will include basketball, food, people, music, our granddaughters, and great stories.

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My twitter handle is @coach4aday2 if you want to follow the blog that way.
John’s twitter handle is @johnrancke if you want to reach out to him.

Driving Accomplishment in North Carolina

I am a fan of the syndicated TV show “Seinfeld”. In Season 4 Episode 7 titled the “Bubble Boy” Jerry and Elaine are following George and Susan on their way to Susan’s family cabin with a stop scheduled to see the “Bubble Boy”. George drives like a maniac and Jerry and Elaine get lost.

bubble boy

As Jerry and Elaine are following George as he speeds up in the lead car the dialog below occurs:

Jerry: Look at him! he’s going like a hundred miles an hour!”
Elaine: Yeah but it’s not enough for George to go fast, he’s gotta make good time.
Jerry: I know. He once made it from West 81st St. All the way to Kennedy Airport in 25 minutes, I never heard the end of it!

I always wanted to have one of the driving magical stories where I “make good time”. On Saturday April 7th it came true.

My wife and I were on our way on a rainy morning from Lumberton NC to Rock Hill SC to see one of our sons. The route meant taking US 74 West. If you know anything about North Carolina you probably know the following facts:

  1. Charlotte is the largest city in the two Carolinas.
  2. There is no existing Interstate Highway that you can take East to West from Monroe NC to Belmont NC. If you want to go east or west in or out of Charlotte you use Independence Boulevard or US 74.
  3. In Monroe NC there are lots of traffic lights on US 74 which is called Roosevelt Boulevard. In fact there are 16 traffic lights from E. Franklin St (hospital) until you get to Sardis Church Rd. That stretch of US 74 covers about 9.5 miles.
  4. During that 9.5 mile drive there is about every Big Box store you can think of which means lots of traffic turning in an out on Roosevelt Boulevard.


So here is my George Constanza driving like moment on Roosevelt Boulevard.

I caught all sixteen traffic signals at green. I didn’t stop there after I got past Sardis Church Rd as I made my way into Indian Trail NC.  I proceeded to catch the next five lights ALL Green. Finally the streak came to an end before I got to I-485.

Take that George Constanza and your driving from West 81st St to the Airport in twenty-five minutes I conquered Roosevelt Boulevard and Made Good Time.

I drove thru twenty-one consecutive green lights on US 74 in Monroe and Indian Trail, NC. Anyone from North Carolina knows that is a driving feat. George I was “making good time”.




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